Scottish Parliament Written answers

Friday, 4 February 2011

  • Blood Donors

    To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are in place to encourage people to give blood.

  • Civil Servants

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider permanently reducing the ceiling for (a) starting salaries and (b) performance payments for senior civil servants.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to provide funding for Bookbug, the Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme, in 2011-12.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive howit will ensure the equal and full involvement of the parents or guardians of pupils attending independent and grant-aided special schools in the review of...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive howit will ensure the equal and full involvement in local authority educational consultations of those parents or guardians of pupils attending independent and grant...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils receive annual fitness checks in school.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14113 by John Swinney on 25 June 2008, what progress has been made in promoting more home and flexi-working in the public sector.

  • Freight

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist those businesses that would have applied for the Freight Facilities Grant, which is due to close on 31 March 2011, and are unable to take...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on developing a referral-to-treatment target to drive faster access to psychological therapies and reduce antidepressant prescribing.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities last met and what issues were discussed.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive when a report on the responses to its consultation on Housing: Fresh Thinking, New Ideas will be published.

  • Income

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

  • Income

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the retail premises that will be subject to the proposed business rate supplement are (a) in a town centre, (b) on the edge of town and (c) out of town.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has carried out of the impact on inward investment of its proposed rise to business rates for large retail premises.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has carried out of the impact on Scotland’s competitive position, when compared with England and Wales, of its proposed rise to business rates...

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed rise to business rates for large retail premises fits with its aim of ensuring that Scotland is the most attractive place for doing business in Europe.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of retail price index it used when calculating non-domestic rates revenue for 2011-12 as set out in Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total non-domestic rates income would be in 2011-12 if the poundage rate were increased by 3% from 2010-11 and how this differs from the estimate in...

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what business poundage rate assumptions it used to calculate the non-domestic rates income for 2011-12 at £2,179.5 million.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the non-domestic rates income for 2011-12 will be, broken down by the amount received from businesses paying (a) the poundage rate at 43.3p, (b)...

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the percentage increase in business rates bills for retail properties with a rateable value greater than £750,000 in 2011-12...

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional revenue would be raised if the large retail supplement were increased from 0.7p to 0.8p in 2011-12.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional revenue would be raised if a new supplement of 0.1p was applied to all properties with a rateable value in excess of £1 million.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) total rateable value and (b) number of rateable properties will be in 2011-12, broken down by (i) sector and (ii) bands of (A) up to £18,000, (B)...

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) total rateable value and (b) number of rateable properties will be in 2011-12, broken down by (i) sector and (ii) bands of (A) more than £750,000...

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount of non-domestic rates payable by all retail properties with a rateable value in excess of £750,000 is in 2010-11.

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the non-domestic rates income would be in 2011-12, broken down by category of rateable value (RV), if the following supplements were applied for...

  • Non-Domestic Rates

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the properties subject to the proposed large retail supplement is appealing the 2010 revaluation figure.

  • Nutrition

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-31976 by Adam Ingram on 5 March 2010, what percentage of schools has extended the free fruit scheme beyond primary one and two...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what legislation regulates the charges that a local authority can levy on the submission of (a) outline and (b) full planning applications.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the level of charge that a local authority can levy on the submission of (a) outline and (b) full planning applications is set by regulation and, if so, when...

  • Prescription Charges

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost to the NHS will be when prescription charges are reduced to zero in April 2011.

  • Prescriptions

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions for Ritalin have been issued in each year since 2007.

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38733 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, what information ScotRail is contractually obliged to provide regarding the...

  • Scottish Government Agencies

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37254 by John Swinney on 22 November 2010, whether it will publish in its staff directory the specific functions of each...

  • Secure Units

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many absconds from adult medium secure units there have been in each year since 2007.

  • Sexual Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what referral paths there are for professional psychological therapy or counselling for trauma experienced by victims of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse and...

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in monitoring the reduction of smoking in psychiatric hospitals.

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in monitoring the reduction of smoking in hospital grounds.

  • Smoking

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-33216 by Nicola Sturgeon on 28 April 2010, what assessment it has made of the effects on the health of children of passive...

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Public Health and Sport will commission research into the impact of negative role models in football on young people who play football.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the statement by the First Minister’s official spokesman reported on the BBC News website on 30 May 2007 in reference to the Edinburgh trams project...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the reported statement of a spokeswoman from Transport Scotland on 20 January 2011 that "if Parliament had thrown out the trams project,...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the reported statement by a spokeswoman from Transport Scotland on 20 January 2011 that "if Parliament had thrown out the trams project, ministers would have...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive, if the reported statement by a spokeswoman from Transport Scotland on 20 January 2011 that "if Parliament had thrown out the trams project, ministers would have...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38673 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, when it expects to have completed its considerations of Strathclyde Partnership for...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37769 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, how much has been set aside in its 2011-12 budget as a funding contribution toward...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37769 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, whether the funding contribution set aside in its 2011-12 budget represents the total...

  • Voluntary Sector

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether youth groups and clubs requiring disclosure checks will have direct access to the electronic Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme system as stated on its...

  • Weather

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information was given to prevent motorists from entering gridlocked motorways such as the M73, M80 and M8 during the recent severe weather conditions.

  • Weather

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the updating of the Traffic Scotland website to prevent motorists from joining the M73, M80 and M8 during the recent severe weather conditions.

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